Jim Wallis is a globally respected writer, teacher, preacher, and justice advocate who believes the gospel of Jesus must be transformed from its cultural and political captivities. He is a New York Times bestselling author, widely recognized public theologian, renowned speaker, and regular international commentator on ethics and public life. Wallis is the founder of Sojourners, and is the author of 12 books, including Christ in Crisis, America’s Original Sin, God’s Politics, and The Call to Conversion.
Wallis served on President Obama's White House Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and has taught faith and public life courses at Harvard and Georgetown University. “Coach Jim” also served for 22 seasons as a Little League coach for his two baseball-playing sons.
Nadia Bolz-Weber is an ordained Lutheran Pastor, founder of House for All Sinners & Saints in Denver, CO, the creator and host of "The Confessional" and the author of three NYT bestselling memoirs: Pastrix; The Cranky, Beautiful Faith Of A Sinner & Saint (2013), Accidental Saints; Finding God In All The Wrong People (2015) and SHAMELESS; A Sexual Reformation (2019).
She writes and speaks about personal failings, recovery, grace, faith, and really whatever the hell else she wants to. She always sits in the corner with the other weirdoes.
Hannah Adair Bonner is the Director of Frontera Wesley, the Wesley Foundation of Tucson. After serving as pastor and young adult organizer in the Northeast, Bonner collaborated with artists in Houston, TX as they established The Shout, a faith community focused on solidarity. In 2015, that community mobilized into action when some of the members lost a friend, Sandra Bland, to police brutality. Partnering closely with Sandra’s family, Sorors, the AME Church, and students at Prairie View A&M University, Bonner spent several years splitting her time between Houston and Waller County. In 2016, Bonner was inducted as an honorary member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., given the Prathia Hall Social Justice Award by WomenPreach, Inc., and recognized as one of the “16 Faith Leaders to Watch in 2016” by the Center for American Progress.
Bonner has been featured in a series of teaching videos on solidarity from RethinkChurch, and in the HBO documentary “Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland." Hannah writes at HannahAdairBonner.com, and has published a Bible study curriculum with Abingdon Press entitled The Shout: Finding the Prophetic Voice in Unexpected Places.
Professor Emeritus Arlene Avakian is a founder and former Chair of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her areas of interest include social constructions of identities through an intersectional lens, which she has explored through autobiography and memory studies, as well as whiteness and food studies. Avakian's publications include Lion Woman’s Legacy: An Armenian American Memoir (1992), Through the Kitchen Window: Women Explore the Intimate Meaning of Food and Cooking (1997); From Betty Crocker to Feminist Food Studies: Critical Perspectives on Women and Food (2005) and African American Women and the Vote 1837-1965 (1997).
Avakian has been involved in social justice activism for many years around the issues of gender, race, class, and sexuality.
Mike Baughman is the Founding Pastor & Executive Director for Union Coffee, a new church start in Dallas, TX, that is primarily in ministry with emerging leaders under thirty-five years of age. He is the primary author for Flipping Church: How Successful Church Planters are Turning Conventional Wisdom Upside-Down. Baughman has contributed to, developed, and edited a long list of curricula for Sparkhouse Press and Cokesbury. He serves on the Board of Directors for Dallas Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation as well as Bishop Arts Theatre Center.
Baughman is a third generation United Methodist pastor married to a sixth-generation United Methodist pastor, named Rachel Baughman. None of their children are named Wesley.
Lyndsey Godwin brings over a decade of experience in anti-oppression training, program design, and coaching. She specializes in sexuality education, including Christian approaches to holistic sexuality, decision making, consent, gender, and LGBTQI+ experiences. Using practical, learner-centered approaches, Godwin partners with organizers, artists, academics, faith leaders, and educators to develop programs that invite all to get more comfortable with discomfort in order to act prophetically.
Godwin is the Assistant Director of the Carpenter Program in Religion, Gender, and Sexuality at Vanderbilt Divinity School; serves as the Secretary for the SisterSong Board of Directors; and was one of the founding directors and board members for Nashville Launch Pad, a safe-sleeping shelter for youth ages 18–24.
Allyn Maxfield-Steele has been Co-Executive Director of the Highlander Research and Education Center since 2017. Raised in Texas, Germany, and North Carolina, Maxfield-Steele was born into a family of educators, farmers, secretaries, salesmen, veterans, hotel managers, social workers, and small-town Protestant church folk of the southern Piedmont and South Atlantic coast. His movement work has focused on connecting people and grassroots communities to one another through high school and college education, faith and spiritual leadership, capacity-building, and organizing on a range of front-lines throughout the US South, Appalachia, and globally. Maxfield-Steele is committed to figuring out how people and organizations learn and transform together, and how rural and small-town people can work together to build powerful movements.
Maxfield-Steele is ordained clergy in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and lives in the mountains of Western North Carolina with his spouse, Erin, and their child, Ursa.
Marcus Winn is the Kansas Organizer for MORE2. Winn earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Philosophy from Olivet Nazarene University and a master’s degree in Theology from Catholic Theological Union, then worked in nonprofit direct service and higher education before organizing. Winn began organizing with neighbors while living in Chicago, working on a variety of issues such as affordable housing, immigration, and education. He co-founded an independent precinct organization in 2015 that continues to successfully pursue more democratic processes for local decision making and amplify the voices of local leaders.
Winn moved to Kansas City in 2017 and joined MORE2 in early 2018, with a focus on voter engagement in Kansas.
Brian Zralek has been organizing for five years and helping to lead nonprofit organizations for more than fifteen years. Along with several powerful immigrant and refugee leaders, Zralek founded an organization in Western New York called the Buffalo Immigrant Leadership Team. Zralek is originally from Nashville, TN where he now works with Nashville Organized for Action and Hope (NOAH), organizing the Education Task Force and Integrated Voter Engagement committee.
Zralek's two-year-old daughter provides motivation and passion for his work.
Karen Renée Robb is a vocal and visual artist with more than 30 years of vocal performance experience. Karen Renée’s passion for live sound, creativity, and compassion has led her to assist others in reclaiming their voice, innate rhythm, and creative expression through the use of the frame drum. A midwife for the soul’s expression, Karen Renée brings her whole self into the experiences she facilitates. Helping to awaken and support others in meaningful, memorable ways, Karen Renée makes the Healing Arts accessible and a vital part of personal growth and spiritual development.
- Keynote Address with Jim Wallis
- Interview Session with Nadia Bolz-Weber
- Story Session with Hannah Adair Bonner
- Choice of three (3) of the six (6) workshops
- Summit t-shirt (must register before March 1)
- Summit packet
- Access to additional virtual experiences across the 2-day event